Muneeza Shamsie

Muneeza Shamsie (nee Habibullah) is a Pakistani critic, writer and bibliographer. She is on the jury for the 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and has served two terms as the regional judge (Europe and South Asia) for the Commonwealth Writers Prize (2010 and 2011). She is on the editorial board of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies , Guest Editor Special Pakistan Issue of The Journal of Postcolonial Writing 47.2 .
She has edited three anthologies A Dragonfly In the Sun: An Anthology of Pakistani Writing in English (OUP 1997), a retrospective of poetry, fiction and drama; Leaving Home: Towards A New Millenium: A Collection of English Prose by Pakistani Writers (OUP 2001) , about migration; And The World Changed: Contemporary Stories by Pakistani Women (Women Unlimited 2005): its US edition (Feminist Press at CUNY, 2008) with new headwords and a new expanded introduction, received the IPPY (Independent Publisher of the Year) Gold Award and the Foreword Magazine's book of the year, Bronze award, both for the best anthology.
She is Managing Editor of a work-in-progress The Oxford Companion to the Literatures of Pakistan and is writing a critical book Hybrid Tapestries: The Development of Pakistani English Literature (working title). She contributes regularly to The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and The Literary Encyclopedia and in Pakistan to the daily newspaper Dawn and the periodical Newsline . She was born in Lahore, educated in England and lives in Karachi.